May 16, 1907
NEW PANAMA HATS
Weather Keeps Them Indoors and Makes Wearers Sour
The farmers have been delayed in their crops by the cold, wet spring. The women have been hindered in their house cleaning from the same cause. But all of this is of no consequence as compared with the discomfort of Dr. Z. D. French and Jesse M. Peck. Every rainy chilly day was greeted by a scowl on the face of these gentlemen infinitely darker than the sky. The weather was chilly, but the actions of these two men was even more frigid. Their friends got no malfeasance or consideration from them. They moved about thoroughly dissatisfied with themselves and everybody about them. They refuse to be comforted or to reveal the cause of their discomfort.
Now the Republican is a friend to both of these gentlemen and was concerned in no small degree over their unseemly conduct. Direct questions failing to give satisfactory results, we were almost to the point of despair when Wednesday of last week, the cause suddenly revealed itself by Dr. French himself, who came into this office wearing a fine $10 Panama hat. The day was chilly, entirely too chilly for a Panama, which, with the handsome appearance of the Doctor, attracted our attention to the hat. In reply to our complimentary remark about the hat, he burst forth with a volcanic eruption of 30 days pent-up indignation as follows, "Yes, Milt," he said "Peck and I have had new $10 Panama hats for a month and we haven't been able to wear them because of the cussed cold weather."